It’s been two months since I started my master’s at Central Saint Martins, and it’s pretty bloody hectic. It’s a little crazy in that doing a master’s in Fashion Journalism sets you up for the real world, so my schedule can seem wide open for a few days, and then all of a sudden I’ll get 3 deadlines at once, that need to be submitted by 4pm tomorrow. It’s a pretty stressful environment. Plus, I’m about to start working at Selfridges again 2 days a week, so it’s going to be even more difficult. And the past few weeks, especially during fashion week, have been especially hectic, and I’ve found myself just falling into bed after a long day.
A big part of how I manage my time is scheduling – using planners/ the calendar app on my phone and writing down all my deadlines. When I’m feeling in a productive mood (not often), I set myself to-do lists and prioritise with different deadlines depending on how important each task is. I forgive myself if I don’t have time to do certain tasks and don’t forget about them. I work on the go, too – I’m writing this blog post on the tube. And finally, instead of watching crappy TV, I try to use that time actually do something more productive and make use of my creative energy, like blogging, or scrapbooking, or just being creative.
I’ve always been a creative person without being particularly good at drawing or painting, but going to an CSM has made me want to embrace being creative in any way I can. As part of this I thought I’d pick up Scraperfoil again which I used to do when I was younger. The guys at Reeves have an amazing selection of designs, but I picked this gorgeous 3 cat design which I absolutely loved doing. It does take a while and you need quite a lot of patience but it’s absolutely worth it for the finished result. Whenever I felt stressed or overwhelmed with uni work I’d pick up this scraperfoil and it was so therapeutic, I’d feel relaxed after 5 minutes (literally, my friends know that I brought it to the library every day). What I love about it is that you don’t even have to follow the lines exactly, which is something I’m not great at doing – you can get as creative as you want, and it’s really easy to do.
Reeves is one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, who recently underwent a rebrand to “democratise” art, and encourage everyone, of any generation, to get as creative as possible. They believe, and I totally agree, that creativity is something you don’t necessarily have to learn and it’s within anyone – I thought I was crap at art, but with the scraperfoil I still managed to produce something beautiful. They have a huge range of products, from acrylic and water paints, to painting by numbers kits to pastels. I think the next thing I’m going to get from their store will definitely be some pastel chalks. And they’re all wonderfully affordable, with scraperfoils starting from £4.76 and mini scraperfoils from just £2.50. The scraperfoils come in gold, silver and even rainbow, but I loved the silver ones most.
How do you guys take time off from work/uni? Let me know in the comments.
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Photos are by my favourite gal Kelsey xxx
Please note: this post was sponsored by Reeves, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.